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Biodiversity in the Crossfire

See how scientists are racing to reveal Vietnam's biological riches before many species and their habitats disappear from the country's landscape due to expanding development and human activity.

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Article: When Is "Wild" Actually "Feral"?

The takhi is the only true wild horse left in the world. The so-called "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America are actually feral. Find out what it means when a domestic animal becomes feral. 

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Article: The Wild Horse Returns to Mongolia

Takhi horses became extinct in the wild in the late 1960s — but since 1997 they have been successfully breeding in the wild. Learn about the efforts behind this successful reintroduction. 

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Article: The Horse in Mongolian Culture

Take a look at Mongolia's takhi and discover how an Asian empire was won on horseback — and how Mongolia came to be known as the land of the horse. 

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Article: The Wild Horse, Yesterday and Today

Modern horses are part of the family Equidae. The fossil history of Equidae is well documented, but new evidence about its evolutionary history — and new interpretations of it — continue to accumulate. 

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Elephants Return to the Forest

Unlike most zoo-raised or domestic species, Asian elephants have never been selectively bred, so they remain genetically wild. See how this helps with forest reintroduction efforts. 

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The Burdens of a Beast

Unlike people in Africa, who kept their distance from elephants except to hunt them, people in Asia have lived closely with elephants since at least 2000 B.C. Take a closer look at the underlying bond that exists today. 

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Asian Elephants: Threats and Solutions

The Asian elephant once roamed from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in western Asia as far east as China's Yangtze River. Take a closer look at this now highly endangered species. 

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The Past and Future Vigor of an Urban River

In April 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson set sail in his ship the Half Moon in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. While he didn't find it, he did navigate the Bronx River. See how it's changed in the centuries since Hudson's voyage.

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